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Defining poverty in Singapore is more than just the ‘cliff effect’

Defining poverty in Singapore is more than just the ‘cliff effect’ | Poverty Assignment By_Muhammad shafiz | Scoop.it

With inequality becoming a real worry, the government is still loathe to define poverty. Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development, has now said that an official poverty line might be unhelpful as it poses the danger of a "cliff effect", where welfare schemes are only made available to those below the line while ignoring others in need of support.

It's a strange argument: if the government is already aware of the dangers of this "cliff effect", would it not then be able to avoid it? It would be an incompetent government indeed if it were able to blindside itself just by officially defining poverty.

An official acknowledgement of the poor would show that, try as they might, a strata in our society is unable to make ends meet. It would force us to take a good hard look at our policies and recognise that our eagerness to please and attract big businesses is not producing the trickle-down effect that was promised. And it is from that point that we start trying to figure out how to deal with poverty on a structural level.

I can understand the government's desire to avoid a "cliff effect". But refusing to see the cliff doesn't mean that no one is falling off it. Refusing to define poverty doesn't mean that no one is poor; it just means that we don't get the full picture of what work needs to be done.


Via Jin Go
Shafiz de Spegabomb's insight:

i see that not all family in Singapore, but there are still hidden. Singapore is doing their best .It is like in India. they are many poor people. They are not having a good place to stay, and there is no good education for the kids. but in India there are still associations which helps the people who are in need. Singapore conditions are improving fast. Most of the children who are not having stable conditions , are doing well in studies. For that ,the government is giving bursary awards to the children who are doing well in studies. Goverment are helping the kids by FAS. In non- government way of helping is giving money for those in need. and now Family in Singapore are getting stable and better.  And this will lead to lesser population of poverty.

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The Statistics

• One-third of deaths—some 18 million people a year or 50, 000 a day—are due to poverty-related 

causes.
• 600 million of the world’s children live in absolute poverty.
• 800 million people go to bed hungry every day.
• Every year, almost 11 million children die before their fifth birthday. That’s 30,000 children a day. 
Most of these children live in developing countries and die from a disease or a combination of 
diseases that could be prevented or treated if the means were there. Sometimes, the cause is 
as simple as the lack of antibiotics for treating pneumonia or oral rehydration salts for diarrhea. 
Malnutrition contributes to over half of these deaths.
• According to the Worldwatch Institute the annual expenditure of pet food in Europe and the 
United States is $17 billion. With an annual investment of $19 billion, we can eliminate global 
hunger and malnutrition.

 


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Shafiz de Spegabomb's insight:

I really wonder why there are so many people who are suffering poverty. This shows that many people are not ready to help or they don’t know about poverty. If this happens the population of people suffering from poverty would increase. I also wonder will the rich help the people who are suffering from poverty. Or have they even thought of poverty? I hope that the rich would help as much as there can. It is also good if somebody can take the initiative to organise some events like raising funds. Same like a events called ‘slipper race’ the total defense edition. The event main objective was to raise funds from people who are suffering from poverty. I believe that more events like this can help to decrease the population poverty.

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Ang Marcus's curator insight, January 19, 2014 12:21 AM

According to the Global statistics of poverty, one third of deaths, about eighteen million people a year or fifty thousand people a day died due to poverty-related causes. I believe that this is a very serious issue and governments of the world have to take action. Many governments have the ability to save the poverty but they choose to advance their country, catering needs to the country’s majority. For example, Worldwatch Institute’s annual expenditure of pet food in Europe and the United States is $17 billion. With an annual investment of $19 billion, we can eliminate global hunger and malnutrition.   

Chng Peng Hao's curator insight, January 21, 2014 8:01 AM

I feel that this children who died out of malnutrition should really be pitied as they are only young children who should be enjoying their childhood instead of woorying about their nutritions consumage..Also  with refernce to the statisitics one-third of the deaths of the world is poverty related which is a really sad thing as this could be prevented with easy methods such as other countries lending a helping hand to these people. I know that each country most only act for its own profit but as humans lkiving in the same world we should lend a helping to those in times of extreme needs. Also with a investment of 19billion dollars these issues can be exterminated.

Ray Kang's comment, February 3, 2014 1:31 AM
I partially Marcus's insight. However, I think dealing with poverty is not only government's responsibily, everyone should take action to save the poor people. For example we can take part in some charity events, donate money and clothes to the poor.
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Nepal reducing poverty faster than India, says Oxford study

Nepal reducing poverty faster than India, says Oxford study | Poverty Assignment By_Muhammad shafiz | Scoop.it
Nepal and Bangladesh are reducing poverty faster compared to India, according to a new study based on the multidimensional poverty index developed at the University of Oxford and used by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in its Human Development...

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Shafiz de Spegabomb's insight:

I used to wonder, is India government taking action to reduce the population of people suffering from poverty? And it came out to be yes. India has been taking actions. The government has been helping families under the poverty line. And families which have no houses. For example, giving them food and education for their children. I also wonder why people who are suffering from poverty having more kids. They should know that if they have more kids expenses will get higher for the family. So its better for them to have maximum to kids. And I am happy for India government actions. And hope the people suffering from poverty will be helped as much as possible. 

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